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Journal Cover Journal of Library Innovation
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  • User-Experience Design and Library Spaces: A Pathway to Innovation?

    • Authors: John A. McArthur, Valerie J. Graham
      Pages: 1 - 14
      Abstract: Libraries have responded to the rapid change in communication and information technology by developing an understanding of how their clienteles perceive and plan to use libraries in the 21st century. This article positions user-experience design and specifically Don Norman’s ideas about behavioral, cognitive, and reflective responses of consumers to products as a pathway for libraries to innovate through spatial design and behavioral practices. After a brief introduction to experience design, this study connects Norman’s design levels to emerging trends and innovations in library spaces.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Measuring Usability in the Database Review Process: Results From a Pilot

    • Authors: Ilana R Stonebraker
      Pages: 15 - 34
      Abstract: The objective of this study is to examine the impact of incorporating user experience study methods into library database purchase and renewal. Purdue University Libraries introduced a heuristic evaluation into an existing yearly database review. Commonly used in usability and human factors engineering, heuristic evaluation is an innovative and dynamic method for librarians to evaluate electronic resources and provide expert feedback to database vendors. A form was developed to streamline the process for the librarians involved. In total, eight librarians evaluated 37 databases as a pilot project. This paper describes the outcome of the pilot. 
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Entrepreneurial Collaboration and Usability Studies That Lead to One
           Replicable Search Path

    • Authors: Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, Virginia Kinman
      Pages: 35 - 65
      Abstract: Librarians initiated and led a multi-disciplinary, real-world learning experience for graphic design students in collaboration with a member of the university’s teaching faculty and a corporate library database vendor (client). The faculty member and librarians guided students in conducting usability studies of the client’s databases, analyzing the results, producing clickable prototypes and recommendations, and a formal presentation for the client’s representative. In this collaborative user experience project, the authors and the students tested the client’s interest in the feasibility of consolidating multiple database interfaces into one replicable search path for K-12 and university environments. Through this project librarians served as leaders in creating an innovative corporate/academic partnership in which university students applied their theoretical knowledge in corporate world situations. Collaborations like this provide models for ways to increase librarians’ engagement with faculty and students and for the creation of instructional scenarios that allow students to apply disciplinary knowledge and information literacy skills to workplace problems.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • The Adaptable Cycle of Engagement: A Win/Win Model for the Library

    • Authors: Sheryl Kaye
      Pages: 66 - 72
      Abstract: As libraries face greater financial challenges while redefining their roles, public engagement has been put forth as one way to address both concerns. In fact, such efforts have produced solid results for many libraries, even when not following a clear path with a well-defined outcome. Administrators believe in the concept, but sometimes lack a foundational understanding of how public engagement works. This paper's author spent several years as a published journalist and business consultant observing and analyzing the ways in which companies utilize public engagement and the manner in which these campaigns resulted in tangible profits. The author then developed a paradigm called the Adaptable Cycle of Engagement (ACE) in order to offer a model for successful implementation of such an agenda. This paper defines that system in detail, showing step by step how public engagement works to ultimately bond the community to the library, enhance library offerings to patrons, and enable the library to reap financial rewards.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Public and Academic Library Collaboration Through an Anime and Comics
           Enthusiasts Convention (ACEcon)

    • Authors: Paula J. Knipp, Karen R. Walker, Kiki Durney, Jorge E. Perez
      Pages: 73 - 88
      Abstract: Comic conventions have become a part of popular culture throughout the last decade, and libraries have capitalized on reaching out to this sector. The Palm Harbor Library (PHL) in Palm Harbor, Florida and St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) Tarpon Springs campus library teamed up to offer a two-day event named the Anime and Comics Enthusiasts Convention (ACEcon) that aimed to bridge their communities together with three central goals: increasing visibility of the institutions, educating the local community, and establishing the libraries as places of interest. This paper discusses how this informal partnership began, the benefits of an academic and public library partnership, and ideas on how this concept could be improved for future events.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Library Outreach to University Athletic Departments and Student-Athletes

    • Authors: William T Caniano
      Pages: 89 - 95
      Abstract: Research has shown that student-athletes often enter higher education less prepared than their peers. The student-athletes then face the difficult task of catching up to their more prepared peers, while being asked to spend in excess of 20 hours per week training and competing. In order to assist student-athletes in becoming academically successful, the Axinn Library at Hofstra University partnered with the University’s Department of Inter-Collegiate Athletics and the Center for Academic Advisement to provide library services to athletes. Building on the subject specialist liaison model of librarianship, Axinn Library began providing reference desk hours, by-appointment research assistance, and an information literacy course. 
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Taking Research Services to the Next Level: A Case Study of Implementing a
           Scholarly Impact Outreach Program for Faculty and Graduate Students

    • Authors: Brenna Helmstutler
      Pages: 96 - 104
      Abstract: In academic institutions today, there are greater expectations of accountability requiring tenure-track faculty to substantively demonstrate scholarly impact for annual reporting, benchmarking, and promotion and tenure. Database vendors and other content providers are creating robust, yet user-friendly, scholarly impact tools within current products. In response, institutional libraries are offering workshops, individual assistance, research guides, and other activities to promote the value and usage of these tools. However, there is no dedicated scholarly impact outreach program yet documented in the library literature. This article will discuss developing, implementing, and assessing an innovative scholarly impact outreach program based on the author’s experience as a librarian at Georgia State University.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • The Library Innovation Toolkit

    • Authors: Camille Thomas
      Pages: 105 - 106
      Abstract: The article is a review of the book The Library Innovation Toolkit, outlining its content, ideal audience and applications in the library setting.
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now

    • Authors: Cori Wilhelm
      Pages: 107 - 108
      Abstract: A review of Debra Lucas-Alfieri's book, "Marketing the 21st Century Library: The time is Now".
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library

    • Authors: Justin Cronise
      Pages: 109 - 110
      Abstract: A review of Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches' book, "Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library".
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
  • Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

    • Authors: Danielle Marie Burns
      Pages: 111 - 112
      Abstract: A review of Jennifer Koerber and Michael P. Sauers' book, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians".
      PubDate: 2015-12-22
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
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